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The Banshees of Inisherin DVD Review

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Two longtime friends come unglued when one wants to end the friendship and the other doesn’t. Read on for a review of The Banshees of Inisherin DVD!

Banshees of Inisherin DVD

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In The Banshees of Inisherin meet Padraic (Colin Farrell) who visits his friend Colm (Brendan Gleeson) on the island of Iisherin off the coast of Ireland.  Colm refuses to acknowledge Padraic, whose confusion as to why his friend is ignoring him grows. When Pedariac confronts Colm, Colm’s response is simply he doesn’t want to be his friend anymore. Padriac won’t take no for an answer and pushes Colm to be friends but over time he ends up spending time with Dominic, a young man with a sadist for a father.

Male depression and loneliness are at the core of The Banshees of Inisherin.  Despite being able to put a word to his feelings (despair) Colm isn’t able to fully express just how bored and uninspired he is in Inisherin.  And really it’s not hard to see why, because despite the beauty of the island is intensely suffocating to its inhabitants.  The camera often frames the characters as boxed in, whether it be in between stone walls, in a confessional booth, or in a crowded pub. 

The town literally presses itself onto the characters making nearly everyone dissatisfied with their lives.  Poverty, war, and policing are also sources of misery as one of the main villain characters is a police officer who physically and sexually abuses his son.

While strong performances lift The Banshees of Inisherin, it’s quite a sad film.

DVD Featurette 

  • Creating The Banshees of Inisherin – Go into the inimitable mind of director-writer Martin McDonagh as he delves into The Banshees of Inisherin, from story inception and reunion of its gifted actors, to searching the islands of Ireland for the perfect, evocative locations. 

DVD Deleted Scenes 

  • Chasing Colm 
  • Colm Can’t Compose 
  • Parents’ Grave and Peadar 
  • Siobhan Crying Too Loud 
  • Stoic Equals Boring 

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